full name / name of organization:
Chapters and appropriate chapter suggestions are sought for:
"Signs of Life: Medicine and the Cinema"
"Signs of Life: Medicine and the Cinema" will consider how medicine,
the medical profession and medical science have been presented in
the cinema. The book will offer an historical, cultural and textual
study of the filmic representation of medicine and will appeal to both the
film studies and a wider film readership.
This book development project already includes a foreword by a major name in
medicine and the medical humanities and is receiving extremely enthusiastic
responses internationally. We intend for this to be an exceptional book.
The book is divided into three sections:
Section One: The Flicker of Life: Medicine Enters the Cinema
Section Two: Vital Signs: Medical Interventions and the Cinema
Section Three: Dying on film: medical cinema and the end of life
Indicative Chapter Areas (Section One) could include:
 Birth of cinema: birth in the cinema
 Ability and disability: depictions of "normalcy" throughout film
 Idealisation of youth and the body in the medical narratives of
 Puberty and sexual awakening in classical and post-classical
 Gendered and sexualised medicine: the role of medicine in gender
and sexual definitions in film (eg: medicine and masculinity,
medicine and the feminine . . .)
 The role of film in advancement of medical science:
documentaries and dramas of medicine and the medical professions.
Indicative Chapter Areas (Section Two) could include:
 Disease and the cinema
 Film injuries: hurting and healing on film
 Discoveries: medical science and cinema
 Miracles, recuperations and cures
 Good health: general practitioners, hospitals and the role of
the patient in the cinema
 Film genre and medical intervention
Indicative chapter areas (Section Three) could include
 The medical rituals of dying: funerals, wakes and grieving
 Violence, killing and cinematic medicine
 Corpses and forensics: medicine meets the dead
 Spirit and the metaphysical: film, medicine and transcending the
 War films and the role of medic
 Film genre and the medical depiction of the dead and dying
Questions to be debated could include:
"How is the human form made to appear through medicine in film?"
"What contribution do cultural rituals make to filmic representation
"How do gender, race and sexuality inform filmic constructions of
medical science and medical practitioners?"
"Where are the parameters of the scientific and the personal drawn
in 'film medicine'?"
"In whose interests are these 'signs of life' deployed?"
"What is the relation between history and the filmic depiction of
"How does cinema define the normality and the integrity of our
"How does cinema deal with being born, living, ageing and dying and
what role is played by medicine in this filmic narrative?"
Reply to: The General Editors, University of Wales:
"Medicine and Film project": filmmedicine_at_hotmail.com
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Received on Tue Jun 20 2000 - 17:29:04 EDT